MYANMAR: Europe next for Suu Kyi
Aung San Suu Kyi begins her first trip to Europe since 1988 Wednesday to make a long-awaited acceptance speech for the 1991 Nobel Peace Prize. For 24 years, the democracy activist was either under house arrest or too fearful that if she left Myanmar, the former military regime would not let her return. She stayed put even as her British husband was dying of cancer in England in 1999. At her first stop, Geneva, Suu Kyi will address Thursday's conference of the UN's International Labor Organization. After her Nobel speech in Oslo, she will stop briefly in Dublin to thank U2 frontman Bono for his support over the years. In England, Suu Kyi will address both houses of Britain's parliament and will accept an honorary doctorate at Oxford, where she studied and lived with her husband and sons, Alexander and Kim. Scheduled to return to Myanmar by the end of the month, she will be in time for the reconvening of parliament.
PAKISTAN: Former envoy accused anew
A judicial investigation has concluded that Husain Haqqani, former ambassador to the United States, did write a secret letter to American officials requesting their help in reining in the army last year, state media said Tuesday in Islamabad. The finding could lead to treason charges. Haqqani was a close aide to President Asif Ali Zardari, who himself could be threatened if evidence surfaces showing he ordered, or knew of, the memo. Haqqani resigned after the scandal broke and lives in America. He has denied writing the memo and said the commission report was "political and one-sided."
TUNISIA: Curfew aims at Islamists
An area around Tunis was under curfew Tuesday following protests by radical Islamists, along with other areas of the country. The official TAP news agency said people are banned from the streets from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. Police fired warning shots earlier in three suburbs of the capital to disperse protesters who set a security post ablaze and ransacked an art exhibit they called offensive to Islam.